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Description: Ingredients:
Poultry Meal, Fish Meal, Kibbled Corn, Pork Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Extruded Rice, Beet Pulp, Plain, Dried, Blood Meal, Sodium Bentonite, Corn Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Cane Molasses, Feeding Oat Meal, Liver Digest, Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Vitamins and Minerals.


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein not less than 34.0%
Crude Fat not less than 20.0%
Crude Fiber not more than 4.5%
Moisture not more than 10.0%


Energy in Kilocalories per lb.
Gross or Total 2,500
Digestible 2,250
Metabolize 1,698
Metabolize Energy in Kilocalories per cup 438



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Tue January 1, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: Second ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Low quality ingredients of unidentifiable origin, controversial filler

The first ingredient in this food a low quality meat product. "Poultry" is an ingredient of unidentifiable species, source or quality and such ingredients are usually very cheap and low quality. We note a fish meal ingredient 2nd, but find no guarantee on the manufacturers website that protein sources are ethoxyquin-free (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic). Further down the ingredient list, "blood meal" is a further meat related product but unidentifiable by species or quality.


The next ingredient is a low quality grain. Corn is a difficult to digest grain that has limited value and is very commonly linked to allergy problems. Corn Gluten Meal is the dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm. In plain English, that bit of the corn leftover after most of the nutritious bits have been removed. Extruded rice is a further low quality ingredient, as is flaked corn. We note that pork fat is the fourth ingredient and that research at Purdue University has identified fat in the top 4 ingredients of dry foods as a factor increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested.


Beet pulp is controversial filler which appears to be used in large quantities in this food. It is a by-product, being dried residue from sugar beets which has been cleaned and extracted in the process of manufacturing sugar. It is a controversial ingredient in dog food, claimed by some manufacturers to be a good source of fibre, and derided by others as an ingredient added to slow down the transition of rancid animal fats and causing stress to kidney and liver in the process. We note that beet pulp is an ingredient that commonly causes problems for dogs, including allergies and ear infections, and prefer not to see it used in dog food. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required. Molasses is an unneccessary source of sugar likely to cause or aggravate yeast conditions.


The food has added minerals, but no information about these is given and it may contain synthetics. Likewise, there is not information given about preservatives which could include chemicals such as ethoxyquin, BHT and BHA all of which are allowed in pet products but are banned or heavily regulated in human food due to the belief that they are carcinogenic.


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